Blue cat blues

Blue cats are simply stunning. This picture of a beautiful blue cat shows us why.Blue cat

What’s a blue cat?

Blue cats are┬ánot really blue. The term “blue” in cat showing and breeding refers to a diluted black coat color. It’s really gray, more than blue but it can have a distinct blue slate hue.

I think it’s thanks to the Russian Blue cat breed that people have become so familiar with describing a cat as blue? This fairly popular breed has only blue as the coat color – a┬ádistinct feature that’s become part of the breed’s name.

In fact, not only Russian Blues can have that color. Many other breeds have blue as one of the acceptable colors. Persians, British Shorthairs and Scottish Folds, to name just a few. In fact, non-pedigreed cats of unknown origins most certainly can be blue as well.

Why not just call it gray?

My theory is that gray has become reserved – in people’s mind – to gray tabby cats. When you say a “gray cat”, you usually mean a tabby. So for the solid version of the color, people use the term “blue”.

Gray tabbies are basically black cats with stripes. There are in fact blue tabbies as well! Their coat has a diluted bluish color, along with the striped (or dotted) pattern.

Have you ever seen one? Or a blue cat for that matter? Let me know in the comments! You can also read more about cat colors and patterns here, or just share this photo of a blue cat with your friends on Facebook!

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